LIFE AHEAD On Learning and the Search for Meaning ~ J. Krishnamurti

Life Ahead presents lessons that move far beyond the traditional forms of education taught in most schools and colleges. Drawn from transcripts of talks given to Indian students, the book covers a wide range of universal topics.

In short, accessible chapters, Krishnamurti explores the danger of competition, the value of solitude, the need to understand both the conscious and the unconscious mind, and the critical difference between concentration and attention, and between knowledge and learning. Krishnamurti exposes the roots of fear and eradicates deeply entrenched habits of tradition, limitation, and prejudice. The life he holds forth requires a complete change of thought, even a revolution, one that begins “not with theory and ideation,” he writes, “but with a radical transformation in the mind itself.” He explains how such transformation occurs only through an education that concentrates on the total development of the human being, an education carefully described in this simple yet powerful book.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti: Knowledge & Transformation

A Wholly Different Way of Living: San Diego, California 18th February 1974

1st Conversation with Dr. Allan W. Anderson ‘Knowledge and Transformation’

J Krishnamurti was born in South India and educated in England. For the past 40 years he has been speaking in the United States, Europe, India, Australia and other parts of the world. From the outset of his life’s work he repudiated all connections with organized religions and ideologies and said that his only concern was to set man absolutely unconditionally free. He is the author of many books, among them THE AWAKENING Of INTELLIGENCE, THE URGENCY OF CHANGE, FREEDOM FROM THE KNOWN and THE FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE.

This is one of a series of dialogues between Krishnamurti and Dr. Allan W. Anderson, who is professor of religious studies at San Diego State University where he teaches Indian and Chinese scriptures and the oracular tradition. Dr. Anderson, a published poet, received his degree from Columbia University and the Union Theological Seminary, he has been honoured with the distinguished teaching award from the California State University.

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A MONK IN THE WORLD: Cultivating a Spiritual Life ~ Brother Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic Heart chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale’s journey into a multifaceted spirituality blending his traditional Catholic training and the Eastern way of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk in the World tells what the journey has meant for him — living as a monk outside the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions with his own Catholic training, combining his vigorous spiritual practice with the necessities of making a living, and pursuing a course of social justice in a major American city. In telling his story, Teasdale shows how others can find their own internal monastery and bring spiritual practice into their busy lives.


Wayne Robert Teasdale
(1945 – 20 October 2004) was a Catholic monk, author and teacher from Connecticut, best known as an energetic proponent of mutual understanding between the world’s religions, for an interfaith dialogue which he termed Interspirituality. He was also an active campaigner on issues of social justice.

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Br Wayne Teasdale A Monk In The World

POPE FRANCIS IN HIS OWN WORDS

The moment the identity of the newly elected 266th pontiff was revealed, it was clear to the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square, and to the watching world, that this pope was different in fascinating and exciting ways — the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

When Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, spoke from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he greeted his audience colloquially: “Brothers and sisters, good evening.” He told a joke, commenting that his fellow cardinals had “gone to the ends of the earth” to find him. Then, downplaying his power and position, he proceeded not to bless the crowd but to ask them for their blessing: “I ask a favor of you,” he said, bowing humbly. “Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.”

Francis has repeatedly foregone the fancy dress, living arrangements, and other luxuries of his position, and emphasized pastoral work with the sick and the poor, always seeking to empower the underdog (including his favorite soccer team in Buenos Aires — San Lorenzo). This revealing collection of his own words, gathered from interviews, sermons, and the Pope’s books, prompts understanding and insight into his way of being and believing — and inspires goodwill, love, and hope.

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Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

March 13 (Bloomberg) — Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years and chose the name of Pope Francis I for his pontificate. He takes over from Benedict XVI, who became the first pope in 600 years to abdicate when he retired on Feb. 28. (Source: Bloomberg)

Beyond the Illusion – A Time Of Awakening ~ Michael and Sarah Feeley

Beyond the Illusion – A Time Of Awakening is the second amazing book by ex-Police Officers Michael and Sarah Feeley, and is the sequel to their first, Walk Into The Light – The Journey Of A Lightworker Duo. It describes how world events in today’s society are orchestrated to prevent humanity from awakening to the coming Spiritual revolution that is changing the world forever. Once again Michael and Sarah relay their own personal experiences of a fascinating Spiritual and Supernatural nature as well as provide information to help awaken those still sleeping.

They explain how those that work from the shadows, try desperately to keep humanity pinned to prevent it from discovering its true, infinite nature and potential. The ‘powers that be’ stand to lose complete control over the population and are now throwing everything at us in an attempt to keep us distracted and in constant fear with the regular feed of negative events that take place… This book includes never before seen photographic evidence of ‘the Light’, the passageway from this dimension to the next, and ‘Life after death’ taken by Michael and Sarah themselves. From Angels and Cosmic Beings, to Astral travels and Orbs to the truth about the ancient monuments of Egypt, this book will awaken your soul to a wonderful journey of self-discovery. Join Michael and Sarah as they take you Beyond the Illusion.

“An absolute Must Read for those who feel that something just isn’t right and know that there is much more to our existence then we are currently led to believe”.

Ex-Police officers and Husband & Wife team Michael & Sarah Feeley experienced the spiritual awakening of a lifetime in 2009 when they relived the murder of a Victorian teenager. Although an horrific and unbelievable experience and having basically survived being murdered, Michael and Sarah came through the event unscathed with the help of each other and those around them. Following this event, M&S began to experience all manner of weird and wonderful things and felt as though a switch had been flicked within their brains allowing the experiences to happen.

M&S found themselves on a truly unique journey! They soon realised that there is so much more to life than we are led to believe and that not everything in life is as it seems and as such, being unhappy in their careers as police officers, in 2009 the pair resigned. Michael & Sarah began writing books about their experiences the first being entitled Walk Into The Light – The Journey Of A Lightworker Duo. They began to see that there is a secret sinister agenda playing out on Earth at this time and that those at the helm are attempting to completely enslave humanity without us even realising.

M&S also found that there is a global spiritual awakening that is and has been taking place and that those that rule from the shadows are terrified of this event and try desperately to keep us pinned with one distraction after the other. It was following these revelations that the pair wrote ‘Beyond The Illusion – A Time Of Awakening’. Michael & Sarah now present many talks on these subjects and in an effort to reach out to more and more people, they have appeared on many radio stations in both the UK and USA and alternative TV programmes on Sky satellite and Freesat amongst others. They have been described as “the consciousness shift that everyone is talking about” by Kevin Moore of The Moore TV and radio show and by others as now “policing the universe” and have gone from criminal law to divine law!

M&S are passionate about helping people to understand that they are so much more than they realise, and that we all really are capable of anything but that we all just need to start working together. They wish to expose the dark agenda that seeks to enslave and suppress the spiritual connection of humanity and as such they relay what they learn along with their own experiences to others in the hope and belief that together we will change the world for the better…

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Authors Michael & Sarah Feeley present their second book ‘Beyond The Illusion – A Time Of Awakening‘. It describes how world events in today’s society are orchestrated to prevent humanity from awakening to the coming Spiritual revolution that is changing the world forever. Once again Michael and Sarah relay their own personal experiences of a fascinating Spiritual and Supernatural nature as well as provide information to help awaken those still sleeping.

Is India Having a Crisis of Soul? By Deepak Chopra

When they think of India, many people still have the shining image of it as a rising economy, one of the four most promising in the world, in fact. As one of the BRIC countries, along with Russia, Brazil and China, India’s rise from a long history of poverty raised hope for the rest of the developing world. So it’s startling when Fareed Zakaria recently asked on CNN, “Is India the broken BRIC?” In the same vein, Jim O’Neill, the most important global economist at Goldman Sachs, and the man who coined the term BRIC, considers India the biggest economic disappointment with its 5 percent fall in growth since 2010.

What makes the disappointment worse is that since the early 90s, as Western media and business people were jetting back and forth between India and China sizing up these two growing economic giants, business magazine covers, famous economists and top CEOs at conferences were saying, “India is the one to watch, not China.”

How did so many brilliant prognosticators miss so badly? As economists ponder what went wrong, the Gallup data gives telltale clues on the human side. Economics comes down to millions of individual workers and what they experience at work. The worker’s story from India is discouraging. A staggering 33 percent of employees are what Gallup scientists refer to as “actively disengaged,” meaning not only are they miserable at work, but they walk the halls and petition their colleagues to be as miserable and discontented as they are. On the positive end of the spectrum, a tiny 9 percent of Indian employees are engaged. These are the people who build new products and services, generate new ideas, create new customers and ultimately spur an economy to create more and more good jobs.

The workplace tends to be symptomatic of society as a whole, and here the picture is just as gloomy. India’s state of mind is severely troubled right now. Gallup’s World Poll, currently in its eighth year in the field, finds more Indians than ever are “suffering” — 31 percent — while fewer are “thriving,” just 10 percent. This is among the worst in the world.

When any society reaches a low point of well-being with a sizable number of people suffering, it is in trouble. When the quotient of suffering sharply rises (as it did in Libya before the Arab Spring and is happening today in Egypt), social turmoil often results. The street rioting over sexual harassment of women in India — an endemic problem that the government and judicial system turned a blind eye to for decades — is another warning sign.

What will happen next? Officially, India is being upbeat about its economic projections, with a forecast of growth between 6 and 7 percent for 2013 after falling below 7 percent for the past two years and generally underperforming since 2008, according to a recent story in the New York Times. In the Gallup data, 36 percent of the Indian population rated economic conditions as “good” or “excellent” in 2012, as compared to nearly half (46 percent) who thought so in 2008.

Of course, we are rooting for India’s economic uptick, but the human side needs deeper examination. In many ways India is facing a crisis of the soul. When only one person out of 10 is thriving, and around that number feel engaged at the workplace, it indicates that the vast majority are not reaching a desirable level of fulfillment — far from it.

A nation’s soul is the sum total of all interactions between all people in that society. Every moment lasts a few seconds and is positive, negative, or neutral. In those moments, people may make very tiny decisions that, as they accumulate, can profoundly change their day and even the rest of their lives. An old adage says, “Miss a bus, and you change the rest of your life.” In our world of unprecedented interconnectedness, that axiom may need updating: “Miss a bus and you change the rest of the world.” With India’s vast population, there are trillions of interactions per year. If they swing too far to the negative, the society’s soul is suffering a malaise.

Analysts point to large-scale problems, such as the widespread corruption that persists in Indian government, local and national, and the failure of reform parties to gain a strong political footing. But we think the story of moment-to-moment experience counts the most. What if every interaction with a bureaucrat brings expectations of obstacles, red tape or a bribe? What if every woman walking out alone expects catcalls, whistles and physical intrusions from men on the street? What if domestic violence and rape go hugely underreported and when reported lead to minimal consequences for the perpetrator?

India needs to come to terms with its soul sickness, and slowly, haltingly, it seems to be. Most Indians are lodged in the slot of low expectations. The Gallup data shows a surprising complacency, because despite the alarmingly low level of well-being, around 60 percent of Indians between 2006 and 2011 said that they were satisfied with their standard of living. The bubble seems to have burst since then, however, with that figure dipping below 50 percent in 2012.

There is something important here that India’s leaders — and all global leaders — must consider: A nation’s soul precedes its human development. Organic human development will not occur in India if the majority of everyday experiences are negative. Even so, India’s resilience and optimism — along with its resignation in the face of problems going back for generations — gives hope that the country will look to its soul. A great culture can only persist by doing so. We are pained to deliver gloomy news, but our deepest feeling is that the most spiritual nation on earth, and its largest democracy, can find a path to reform, with the well-being of its people held out as a primary goal.

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